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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Friday, July 1, 2016

Pinellas County Man Convicted Of Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm And 159 Rounds Of Ammunition

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Michael W. Kelly (29, Largo) guilty of possessing a firearm and ammunition as convicted felon.  He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  His sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 5, 2016.

According to evidence presented at trial, on October 15, 2015, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Kelly’s home and recovered a semi-automatic pistol from his bedroom.  The firearm was loaded and contained nine rounds of 9mm ammunition. Agents also recovered three boxes of ammunition, containing a total of 150 rounds, from the top of his dresser. Kelly has multiple prior felony convictions, including possession of a sawed off shotgun and aggravated assault, and is therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kaitlin R. O’Donnell and Simon Gaugush.

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Updated July 1, 2016